The Truth: Age Up, Metabolism Down

Dec 3, 2013 7:15:23 AM

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Unfortunately it is true, your metabolism does slow down with age, but keep reading – the news isn’t all bad. There are many ways in which you can help your metabolism speed up now and keep your body running smoothly, even as you get older, by maximizing the potential of Phen Caps to lead to weight loss and a healthier lifestyle, now and for good.

How Age Changes your Metabolism

Starting at about age 25, the average person’s metabolism declines between 5% and 10% per decade, which means the typical North American loses between 20% and 40% of their metabolic power over the course of their adult life span. Sounds bad, but there is good news. A vastly slowed-down metabolism isn’t inevitable; it only occurs because North Americans tend to become far less physically active over the course of their lives. In fact, research shows that people who preserve their physical activity levels throughout their lifetime can expect to see only a 0.3% metabolic decline per decade. This is clearly a huge difference, totaling only a 1% to 2% total drop over a person’s lifetime. To increase your metabolism – and keep it running smoothly – practice the following habits:

Eat Early

Maybe you’re not a breakfast person or you just don’t have the time, but leaving for work on an empty stomach is like hitting pause on your metabolism. When your brain senses your stomach is empty, it sends a message to your cells to conserve energy in case another meal doesn’t arrive. In other words, your body holds onto fat stored in your cells instead of helping you burn it off. Breakfast triggers a process called thermogenesis, where the body signals the brain to activate the metabolic process of turning food into energy, so without breakfast this process is delayed until lunchtime, ultimately leading to a slowing metabolism.

Eat Often

In order to keep your metabolism running smoothly, it’s recommended that you eat every 2 to 3 hours. Every time you eat, you stimulate your metabolism for a short period of time, which means that the more often you eat, the more you’ll increase your metabolism. Eating every 2 to 3 hours feeds muscle and starves fat; by eating frequently you reassure your body that you aren’t going to starve and that food will always be available.

Eat Right

Keep in mind, eating frequently doesn’t mean mindlessly munching on snacks all day. Make each mini-meal complete, with servings of vegetables and healthy sources of protein like eggs, chicken and nuts. Upping your intake of high-fiber foods, like vegetables, is one of the best ways to increase your metabolism, as fiber is a non-digestible carbohydrate, but your body tries hard to break it down anyway, using up energy every time and boosting metabolism in the process.

Sweat it Out

Exercise is even more important, as not only does it affect your metabolism while you’re doing it, research shows that you keep burning calories up to 24 hours after you finish because your metabolism stays elevated. This is especially true if you challenge yourself; intense bouts of exercise can ‘activate’ the genes responsible for energy metabolism. The best way to maximize your metabolic potential is to utilize the energy boost that Phen Caps gives you, by integrating high intensity intervals into your workout. Alternate 3 minutes of moderate intensity running or cycling with 30 seconds of all-out effort. You’ll burn another 100 to 200 calories this way, as your body will continue to burn calories even while you’re sitting on the couch or lying in bed.

 

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Build Muscle

Putting on just 5 to 10 pounds of lean muscle mass will rev up your resting metabolism by roughly 100 calories each and every day, as lean muscle is active even when you’re not. As we age, our muscles begin to decrease if we don’t use them enough, so to counteract this reduction in muscle mass and subsequent reduction in metabolism, don’t forget to incorporate some light weight-lifting into your routine. Studies have found that women who continue to exercise regularly show little change in body composition and don’t experience the metabolic decrease.

Sleep Away the Pounds

Not getting enough sleep really does cause you to gain weight, and it’s not just because you’re spending more waking hours eating. Research shows that people who sleep two-thirds of their usual amount – five hours instead of eight for example – eat an average of 549 calories the following day without realizing it. This is because a lack of sleep upsets the balance of important appetite-regulating hormones. And there’s more; a Swedish study found that even one night of disrupted sleep can cause the body to burn up to 20 percent fewer calories the following day, as the imbalance in hormones caused by not getting enough shut-eye also causes the body and metabolism to conserve energy and work slower. Aim for seven to eight hours a night to make a big difference to your health and ability to burn calories.

Drink Water

Every process in the body requires water. Drinking water helps with digestion and metabolism efficiency, plus when you’re dehydrated, you feel lethargic and your metabolism acts accordingly as you end up doing less.

Take Supplements

In addition to suppressing your appetite and boosting your energy levels, Phen Caps contain metabolism-boosting ingredients which help your body to maximize the metabolic increase you’ll see as a result of exercising more and eating healthier. One such ingredient is Phenylethylamine, also known as PEA, which stimulates the release of norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter which keeps your sympathetic nervous system activated and your metabolic rate going smoothly. Additionally, Phen Caps contain raspberry ketones, which are structurally similar to capsaicin - the compound found in cayenne pepper and chilies, and which cause a thermogenic heating effect, increasing your metabolic rate so that there is more potential for fat-burning.

 

Getting older is an inevitable factor to our lives, however getting bigger with age most definitely is not. Use these strategies to stay ahead and keep your body working for you, instead of against your weight loss goals! Do you now feel armed with the right knowledge to fight the effects of aging and keep your metabolism running efficiently? Or, do you have any strategies of your own that you would like to share? Let us know by commenting below!

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